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What Happens at an Appointment

Female Check Up

The doctor will probably ask you to undress partly or completely. The doctor will then do some or all of the following:

Male Check Up

The doctor will probably ask you to undress partly or completely. The doctor will then do some or all of the following:

When and Why

The doctor will probably ask you to undress partly or completely. The You should get a genital and pelvic exam:

You can also visit a clinic just to talk about puberty, losing your virginity, contraception and more.

People with disabilities

Unfortunately, some doctors still see people with disabilities as asexual. You may need to demand to get the treatment and information that you deserve. There are organizations and people who can guide you on how to do this. Talk to your local disability rights groups. Talk to the person in charge of youth programs where you receive health care or who works at the association for your disability. You can also talk to a therapist or counselor that you trust. And there is always new information on the web.

Choosing a Doctor

Pretend you’re hiring the doctor for a job:

In some places, including Ontario, nurse practitioners can conduct pelvic examinations, do STI tests, and prescribe some medications.

Family doctor

Gynecologists/urologist

Pediatrician

Sexual Health Clinic

Getting recommendations

Choosing a male or female doctor

Being Naked

Meeting the doctor: If you are uncomfortable having an examination the first time you meet a doctor, make an appointment to first discuss your questions and concerns.

What’s normal and what’s not: Most male doctors will now ask a female nurse to enter the room when they examine a female client’s genitals. If you feel more comfortable with someone else in the room during your examination, you can tell this the doctor.

Keeping It Secret

Concerned about keeping things confidential?

Doctors usually have to keep patient information confidential.

Doctors can usually tell others if:

Covering Costs

Using your parent’s medical insurance?

Your parents may receive a statement that lists all the medication purchased.

Paying for it yourself?